T14_Scholly wrote: danidancer wrote:
23fulltimecowboys wrote:Only sort of hijacking: is a smartphone actually necessary in LS? I've seen the posts that "we'll" be given them during 1L summer (although I still plan to go into public interest, where this wouldn't apply), but what about actually during law school? My girlfriend in all likelihood has to get one within the week for residency, so I may be down for a joint plan if a smartphone actually provides significant marginal benefit to joe law student over a phone phone, but... does it? As you may be able to tell, I've gotten by just fine with a dumbphone throughout college and working for a few years afterwards. Thanks
In terms of needing it to be productive in law school, no, not necessary at all. But I still love my iphone - it's changed my life for the better. It's great to be able to check email on the go, and the maps app is great if you're lost or just trying to find the nearest whatever. I just use my phone instead of a GPS in my car, something that's been invaluable for me on several recent trips. And since it doubles as an ipod, it's also a great time waster when waiting for appointments/commuting/etc.
First I saw "changed my life for the better," then I saw "check email on the go," "use my phone instead of my GPS," "doubles as iPod," and "waste time while waiting for appointments." Did not compute.
Cases in point:
Receiving law school acceptances on your phone while out with friends drinking and being able to celebrate and share the news immediately instead of only finding out hours later when you stumble home.
Or, you're in the middle of NYC and really need to use a bathroom, so you pull up the map app and do a search for "starbucks" and it shows you all the Starbucks in the area and your position on the map.
Or, you don't have a GPS in your car and you're driving up to Ithaca to apartment hunt, only you somehow get lost, so you pull out your phone and recalibrate the directions from your current location.
Or, on the same trip, you're in the middle of Ithaca and realize you should probably get gas, so you type gas station into the map app and you get driving directions to the closest one.
Also, the "also works as an ipod" bit is awesome for when you don't want to carry a bag or just want to carry a small bag - you don't have to chose to bring one over the other due to space constraints.